Author: Laura Falin

Laura is a freelance writer in Colorado. She has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves hiking, paddle boarding, camping, and snowboarding, and she has run exactly one marathon. She now lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband and four children. They love exploring the state and the rest of the U.S., usually by car, and they are pros at 20-hour road trips.
Where to Stay in Pagosa Springs (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

Where to Stay in Pagosa Springs (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

I’m a Colorado local and I’m here to help you figure out where to stay in Pagosa Springs while you experience all the fun things to do in Pagosa Springs. This guide breaks down the town’s different areas, as well as the best hotels in Pagosa Springs for every type of traveler.  Best Places to…

36 Denver Date Ideas for Every Occasion (By a Local)

36 Denver Date Ideas for Every Occasion (By a Local)

Denver is a great town for date nights! The city is full of sports teams, museums, concert venues, and so many more fun things to do.  As a long-time local, I have Denver date ideas for every couple. Whether you’re planning a first date, excited for a night out without kids, or you’re empty nesters…

Where to Stay in Evergreen (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

Where to Stay in Evergreen (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

Evergreen is one of Colorado’s best mountain towns and makes for a great getaway from Denver and other nearby cities. From outdoor recreation to downtown dining, shopping, and more, there are plenty of things to do in Evergreen to fill a weekend’s itinerary. I’m a Colorado local and if you’re looking for tips on where…

Where to Stay in Grand Junction (Best Places & Areas, 2022)

Where to Stay in Grand Junction (Best Places & Areas, 2022)

If you’re looking for where to stay in Grand Junction, you’re already on the right track to a great trip. There are just so many fun things to do in Grand Junction. Near this frontier town you’ll find the Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa, and the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Colorado Mesa University is also…

17 Things to Do in Evergreen, CO (Fun Activities for 2022)

17 Things to Do in Evergreen, CO (Fun Activities for 2022)

Need a break from city life in Denver? With under an hour’s drive, Evergreen provides the perfect escape into the Rocky Mountains.    I’m a Colorado local with insights into the best things to do in Evergreen, CO. You can wander downtown, picnic next to Bear Creek, and experience year-round activities on Evergreen Lake. Whether you’re…

Loveland Pass (Scenic Drive Guide + Key Info)

Loveland Pass (Scenic Drive Guide + Key Info)

Driving Loveland Pass is a great way to experience Colorado’s mountains and views! The road also features several awesome hiking trails and more than one of Colorado’s great ski resorts.  I’m a Colorado local with insights on Loveland Pass history, seasonal activities, and nearby attractions. In this post I’ll tell you everything you need to…

27 Best Things to Do in Leadville, CO (in 2022)

27 Best Things to Do in Leadville, CO (in 2022)

Set in Lake County, Leadville is one of my favorite Colorado gems because it’s quirky and authentic. You won’t find ritzy resorts here, but many comfortable places to stay for a weekend getaway. There are plenty of things to do in Leadville, CO, especially for those who are history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. Leadville museums…

Where to Stay in Leadville (Best Areas & Hotels)

Where to Stay in Leadville (Best Areas & Hotels)

Leadville is a quirky Colorado mining town that’s actually the highest incorporated city in North America! You’ll find lots of fun activities in Leadville, from history museums to outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and more.  Less than 2 hours away, Leadville can be a day trip from Denver, but it’s worth staying overnight if you…

35 Weekend Getaways from Denver (By a Local) 

35 Weekend Getaways from Denver (By a Local) 

As a Denver local, I love this city! One of the things that makes Denver so special is that it’s close to many travel-worthy destinations that make for fun weekend getaways from Denver. You can spend weekends exploring nearby mountain towns, national parks, artsy communities, and much more. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend…

11 Best Places to Go Camping in Colorado (By a Local)

11 Best Places to Go Camping in Colorado (By a Local)

My family and I love to go camping in Colorado! It’s such a fun, inexpensive way to see the state. Families on a budget, young couples, and anyone looking for a cheap vacation can appreciate Colorado camping trips! As a Colorado local, I have so many favorite places to go camping. These include shady, scenic…

25 Colorado Travel Tips & Things to Know (By a Local)

25 Colorado Travel Tips & Things to Know (By a Local)

Colorado is an amazing destination with something for everyone! Whether you want great restaurants and live music or outdoor adventure and stunning scenery, we’ve got it here. I’m a Colorado local, and I’m here to share some Colorado travel tips to make your visit go smoothly. From safety to getting around and can’t-miss things to…

Is Colorado Safe to Travel in 2022? (A Local’s Perspective)

Is Colorado Safe to Travel in 2022? (A Local’s Perspective)

Colorado cities have seen a big influx of people over the past decade. This leaves many travelers wondering, is Colorado safe? It is true that crimes in the state have increased, and both property crime and violent crime rates are above the national average in Colorado. However, visitors can avoid high-crime areas and practice basic…

Where to Stay in Littleton (Best Places & Areas for 2022)

Where to Stay in Littleton (Best Places & Areas for 2022)

If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Littleton, there are several areas to consider around town! I’m a Littleton local, and I’m here to help you figure out where to stay in Littleton. Littleton is a great place to live in Colorado, with plenty of parks and green spaces, along with restaurants,…

21 Best Things to Do in Littleton in 2022 (By a Local)

21 Best Things to Do in Littleton in 2022 (By a Local)

If you’re looking for things to do in Littleton, I’ve got you covered. I’m a Littleton local and I love this little town. You get a distinct small-town feel when you’re on Littleton’s Main Street, but you also get great restaurants, parks, hiking trails, and even a local performing arts theater that puts on some…

15 Best Malls In Denver & Nearby (Where to Shop, By a Local)

15 Best Malls In Denver & Nearby (Where to Shop, By a Local)

If you’re looking for the best malls in Denver, I’m a local whose got you covered! Denver has a variety of shopping centers, and the best part is that they’re as unique and varied as Denver itself. As a Colorado mom, I’ve visited plenty of these shopping centers to buy clothes for kids who constantly…

25 Fun Day Trips from Boulder, Colorado (for 2022)

25 Fun Day Trips from Boulder, Colorado (for 2022)

As a local, Boulder is one of my favorite cities in Colorado. The views and college town vibe are awesome. But one of the best things about the city is its strategic location, which provides a huge variety of nearby attractions that can be easily enjoyed as fun day trips from Boulder, Colorado. Whether you’re…

Where to Stay in Boulder, Colorado (Best Areas for Visitors)

Where to Stay in Boulder, Colorado (Best Areas for Visitors)

As a Colorado local, I know firsthand that Boulder is a beautiful city to explore and offers tons of fun activities for visitors. Whether you’re an avid outdoor adventurer who wants to climb a mountain or a foodie who wants to try the hottest restaurant, you’ll find plenty to do here!  If you’re visiting for…

39 Fun & Interesting Facts About Colorado (By a Local)

39 Fun & Interesting Facts About Colorado (By a Local)

Colorado is full of interesting characters and fascinating facts! Colorado’s long and storied history means there are plenty of interesting and fun facts about Colorado that make it a truly unique place to visit and live. Unsurprisingly, many facts about Colorado have to do with our famous mountains. Plenty more Colorado facts highlight the people…

Where to Stay in Breckenridge (Best Areas & Hotels)

Where to Stay in Breckenridge (Best Areas & Hotels)

Though many people go to Breckenridge to ski the days away, there’s a whole lot more to this destination than just the wildly popular ski resort! Choosing the best Breckenridge lodging will depend on your travel style, budget, and itinerary of things to do in Breckenridge.   As a Colorado local, I know that deciding…

Where to Stay in Colorado (Best Areas to Vacation)

Where to Stay in Colorado (Best Areas to Vacation)

With so many incredible vacation destinations, it can be confusing deciding the best place to stay in Colorado. Do you want the bustling city of Denver? The perks of a world-class ski resort in the Rocky Mountains? The less-crowded quiet of Southern Colorado?  I’m a Colorado local who has traveled all over the state, and…

17 Best Things to Do in Castle Rock, Colorado

17 Best Things to Do in Castle Rock, Colorado

Shh! As a local, I know that Castle Rock is one of Colorado’s better-kept secrets! It’s situated on I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs, so it provides easy access to both places. But with its beautiful views, shopping, dining options, and outdoor activities, there are plenty of things to do in Castle Rock, Colorado without…

23 Fun Things to Do in Denver With Kids (By a Local Mom)

23 Fun Things to Do in Denver With Kids (By a Local Mom)

Whether you’re planning a family vacation or you’re a local looking for fun things to do in Denver with kids, you’ve come to the right place! I’m a Denver mom with tons of insight on nearby family fun. Thanks to great museums like the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Children’s Museum, parks like…

19 Fun Hikes Near Boulder, Colorado (Easy to Expert)

19 Fun Hikes Near Boulder, Colorado (Easy to Expert)

As soon as you set eyes on Boulder, it’s obvious it’s a great place for hiking! You can explore the Flatirons (those flat red rocks that jut into the sky in the background), along with plenty of lakes, streams, and other mountain trails.  Boulder is also only an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park, so…

31 Best Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado (in 2022)

31 Best Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado (in 2022)

Most people think of Breckenridge, Colorado as a ski town (and they should — it’s home one of the most visited ski resorts in the state). But there are so many more fun things to do in Breckenridge, CO! Outside of skiing, there are tons of winter activities like snowmobiling, fat tire biking, and cross-country…

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs (Best Places & Areas)

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs (Best Places & Areas)

No matter your interests or itinerary, there are a ton of options for where to stay in Colorado Springs. Are you traveling to see the breathtaking mountains and red rock formations? Spend time at historic and cultural sites? Visit someone at the Air Force Academy? Or perhaps travel for business?  As a Colorado local, I…